Last Week, Today: ISIS, Forgiving a Murder, Race and Free Speech

Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture

What ISIS Wants (Q Ideas)

Remember that Atlantic article? It was written by Graeme Wood, lecturer at Yale University. Listen to his talk at Q Ideas on what ISIS wants, and read many responses on what to do with the current refugee crisis. 

How Do You Forgive a Murder? (TIME)

TIME Magazine visits the nine (really, twelve) Charleston families to ask the question, "Is the forgiveness offered real?" 

On Hope: Ta-Nehisi Coates & Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile

Their fifteen-minute conversation is a model for civil discourse around urgent issues between two people with starkly different worldviews. 

Race, Free Speech and College Campuses

A fascinating conversation, if not debate, is developing between Jelani Cobb and Conor Friedersdorf on what is the "real problem" behind recent student uproars at Yale College and University of Missouri. Read Friedersdorf's critique of the intolerance of student activism, then Cobb's argument that obsessing over free speech is a diversion from the fundamental issue of racism, then Friedersdorf'sdefense that free speech and fighting racism are interlinked, and finally Cobb'sinterview of Yale's first African-American dean of college.

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